[4 February/ NZ Herald]

The boarder travel tax charges imposed in 2016 to help pay for Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries inspections are to be reduced, which the government is arguing is good news for travellers. The Border Clearance Levy paid by air travellers is to drop by nearly $3, and for cruise passengers by more than $3. Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive, Chris Roberts, said that the recent boom of inward and outbound travel has meant the levy raised far more than anticipated, which has resulted in the decrease in the charges. Flight Centre NZ Managing Director, David Coombes, added that ‘It has been good to see in recent years the levies contribute to an improved experience through our airports and ports and we hope to see this continue.’